Vicars

Revd. Spencer Compton Hamilton Spencer-Smith (1842-1911)

Vicar 1877–1911
Died May 1911 age 68 and buried at Kingston St. James (new church)

Revd. Arthur Wilson Napier (1871-1955)

Vicar 1911–1916
Arthur married Isabel Margaret Gilchrist (1884-1957) at Westminster in 1909 and they had two sons Lennox William Napier (1912-2001), a submarine commander, and John Morrilyon Napier (1915-1941) both born at Kingston. Sadly John, who had been awarded the Military Cross, was killed in action in Libya during World War 2. Arthur retired to Boldre Hill, Lymington, Hampshire.

Revd. Raymond Alured Bond (1873-1941)

Vicar 1916–1927
Raymond was the son of Nathaniel Bond of Creech and Lady Selina Jane Bond neé Scott, daughter of John Scott, Third Earl of Eldon. He was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He married Mildred Glyn (1874-1963) at Wincanton, Somerset on 4 October 1899. Raymond and Mildred had two children Ashley Raymond Bond (1902-1975) and Margaret Selina Bond (1908-1984). Immediately prior to arriving at Kingston, Raymond had been Rector at Blandford Forum, Dorset. Raymond left Kingston in 1927 to become Vicar at Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He died in 1941.

Revd. Ben Darcey Beeley (1875-1958)

Vicar 1928-1929
Married to second wife Eileen. Left to become Rector at Foot’s Cray, Sidcup, Kent. Subsequently moved to Kincardine O’Neil.

Revd. George Cecil Augustus Smith (1877-1964)

Vicar 1929–1931
Died 29 February 1964

Revd. Frederick Seymour Horan (1870-1956)

Vicar 1932–1938
Seymour died in 1956

Revd. Malcolm de Burgh Scott (1884-1963)

Vicar 1938–1945
His wife was Mildred Mary Amande Scott nee McCreery (1875-1959)

Revd. Canon John Hartforth Jaques (1870-1948)

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Vicar 1945–1947

Revd. William Henry Ryder-Jones (1916-1995)

Vicar 1948–1949
Came to Kingston from Paignton where ha had been Assistant Priest.

Revd. Benjamin Ewart Payne (1893-1956)

Vicar 1950–1956
Benjamin married Ruth Thomasine Davies (1893-1973). Their daughter Helena Kenwyn Payne (1924-2011) married Barry Stuart Candy (1922-2004) , son of Walter Emanuel Candy (1873-1968)
Died 1956 – buried at Worth Matravers

Revd. A Caulfield-Browne

Vicar 1957–1960

Revd. Harry James Lloyd

Vicar 1960–1983
Married Maidie in 1945 and had two sons Adrian and Christopher. Subsequently moved to Presteigne, Powys. Now retired.

Revd. John Stuart

Vicar 1984–1990

Revd. Robert Newman Kingsley Watton (1945-2004)

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Vicar 1991–2003
Married Louise in 1982 and had three daughters. Died 4 Aug 2004 aged 59 – buried at Kingston St. James (new church).


In the latter part of 2003, the Bishop of Salisbury suspended the living of Kingston. The benefice is now combined with Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers


Revd. Judith Malins

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Priest-in-charge 2004–2010
Married to Ken with two sons David and Jonathan, and a daughter Rebecca.
Moved to Redhill, Wrington, Somerset as Assistant Priest.

Revd. Gaynor Burrett

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Priest-in-charge 2011–
If you have any further information, memories, photographs etc. about any of the clergy who have served at Kingston then please contact us.

Page last updated: 10 August 2016

1938: The Late Mr. Gilbert V. Dorey

Three former vicars of Kingston (Corfe Castle) attended the funeral service at St. James’ Church, on Saturday afternoon, of Mr. Gilbert Victor Dorey, who for over 30 years had been organist at the church. The interior of the building which deceased knew and loved so well, still bore its Christmas decorations, as the coffin, borne by four senior employees (Messrs. Gerald Loxton, Charlie Orchard, George Hunt and Jesse Marsh), of the Encombe Estate, was carried into the church, the cortege being preceded by the choir, with the congregation joining in the hymn, “Peace, perfect peace.” As the cortege left the church the “Nunc Dimittis” was chanted.

The Vicar (the Rev. M. de Burgh Scott) conducted the service, assisted by the Rev. F. S. Horan (the former vicar). Mr. Charles Pond was at the organ.

The principal mourners were the widow, Mrs. C. Clark, Mrs. G. Randall, Mrs. E. Brake, and Mrs. W. Neale (sisters), Mr. A. Dorey and Mr. R. Dorey (brothers), Mr. C. Dorey, Mr. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. P. Hann, and Miss O. Dorey (nephews and nieces), Mr. G. Dorey, Mr. and Mrs. E. Dorey, and Mrs. W. Smith (cousins). Mrs. F. Dorey, Mrs. A. S. Dorey, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. W. Dorey, and Miss Jukes (sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. F. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. L. Turner, Mr. J. Marsh, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barnes.

Mr. W. Dorey (eldest brother) was unable to attend owing to illness.

Included among those present in the church were Archdeacon Smith and the Rev. Raymond A. Bond (former vicars), Mrs. M. de B. Scott, Mrs. F. S. Horan, Mrs. Raymond A. Bond, Mrs. Fenwick-Owen, Captain J. Docrwa Rogers, Mr. Walter E. Candy (agent to the Encombe Estate), and Mr. E. A. Hixson, together with many estate employees and villagers.

The large number of wreaths included tributes from the bellringers, choirmen, boys and girls, and sidesmen of St. James’ Church, Kingston, Mr. W. E. Candy (agent), and Messrs. Hixson, Loxton, Gale, and Marsh (senior employees), Estate and farm employees, Kingston ex-Service men and Kingston Women’s Institute.

FLORAL TRIBUTES.

The beautiful floral tokens included the following:- In ever-loving memory of my darling Husband, from his sorrowing Wife; Cecil and Ron (sons); Charlotte and family; Bessie and family; Jennie and Ernest; Lou and George (Canada); Mabel and Will and Phillip; Walt, Gert, and Marjorie; Alf, Rose, Fred, and Iris; Bob, Bet, Grace, and Betty; Art, Irene, Olive (nephew and nieces); Annie, Agnes, and family, Charlie, Kath, Michael; Lot, George, Nance, Ern and Rose, and Amy (cousins); Alice (sister-in-law); Ben, Fred, and Frank (brother-in-law and nephews); Walt and Ern (brother-in-law and sister); Bert and family (brother-in-law and sister); Vicar and Mrs. Scott; Rev. Raymond and Mrs. Bond and Miss Margaret; Mr. and Mrs. A. Cooper and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Stickland; ”Eldon Arms,” Kingston; Mr. and Mrs. F. Tatchell; Mrs. Allen, Corfe Castle; Mr. and Mrs. P. Damer and Nellie; Mrs. N. Phillips; Mr. and Mrs. D. Barnes; Rhoda and Will; Ronald and Hubert; Jack.

Mrs. Dorey and family sincerely thank the many friends who have expressed sympathy and sent floral tributes in their bereavement.

NATIVE OF THE VILLAGE.

The late Mr. Dorey passed away at his home, 3, West-street, Kingston on Tuesday, after a fairly long period of ill-health, although his last illness was of short duration. Aged 51 years, he was a native of the village, and throughout the whole of his working life had been employed on the Encombe Estate. As far as the communal spirit of the village was concerned Mr. Dorey was one of the greatest stalwarts. His greatest interest was in the church, which he served faithfully for 44 years, as choirboy from the age of seven and upwards of 30 years as organist and choirmaster. He also lent a hand at bell-ringing, and at times he rang regularly for fairly long periods, in spite of the calls made upon his time by other church duties. As a tribute to his memory the bells were rung half-muffled following the committal on Saturday afternoon.

A KEEN MUSICIAN.

A keen musician deceased could play a number of instruments and for many years was one of the leading members of the Kingston Village Band. He was also interested in the many social functions which have produced such a happy village life at Kingston, and he was ever ready to lend a hand in whatever direction the call was made. Only a fortnight before his death he took part in a play in the village hall, while it may be recalled that just 12 months before his passing – on December 26th 1937 – he was one of the Kingston Players taking part in Thos. Hardy’s “The Three Strangers,” broadcast by the B.B.C.

Mr. Dorey leaves a widow and two sons aged 13 and 9, with whom much sympathy is felt.

Western Gazette, Friday 6 January 1939

 

1938: Funerals – Lady Margaret Hamilton Russell

The funeral of Lady Margaret Rachel Hamilton-Russell took place yesterday at Kingston, Corfe Castle. The service at St. James’ church was taken by the Rev. F.S. Horan, and the Dean of Windsor officiated at the committal. Among those present were: The Hon. Sir Ernest Stowell Scott, the Hon. Osmund Scott, the Hon. Denys Scott, and the Hon. Michael Scott (brothers), Lady Louisa Longley (sister) and Mr. J. Longley, Viscount and Viscountess Boyne, the Hon. Claud and Mrs. Hamilton-Russell, the Hon. Arthur Hamilton-Russell, the Hon. Eustace and Mrs. Hamilton-Russell, and the Hon. Florence Hamilton-Russell (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), the Earl of Eldon (nephew), Lord Cottesloe, Mr. J.W.G. Bond, the Rev. R.A. and Mrs. Bond, Mr. Ivo Bond, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bond, Mr. G.C. May, Major Charles H. May, Lady Hambro, Major R.C. Mansel, Mr. W.E. Candy, and a large number of villagers and employees on the Encombe estate.

The Times, Tuesday 1 February 1938

1923: Obituary: Mrs. Spencer-Smith

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Hamilton Spencer-Smith, widow of Rev. S. C. Spencer-Smith, took place on Tuesday afternoon at Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset. The Rev. Raymond Bond officiated, assisted by the Rev. Algernon Ward, vicar of Stowe, Shropshire. The family mourners were Lieutenant- Colonel D. C. Spencer-Smith (son), Mr. & Mrs. M. S. Spencer-Smith (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. John Phillimore (son-in-law and daughter), Colonel and Mrs. H. C. Petre, Lady Mary Forestier-Walker, Lady Lilian Digby, and Miss Valentine Digby. Others present included:

The Earl of Eldon, Mr. and Mrs. T. Pellatt, Mrs. Raymond Bond, Mr. A. L. Mansel, Major and Mrs. Rhys Mansel, Dr. Hollick, Dr. and Mrs. Drury, and many friends from the parish of Kingston, where Mrs. Spencer-Smith was much esteemed.

The Times, 29 March 1923